Why I Volunteer at LCHS



When I moved to Tallahassee in August of 2016 to begin graduate school at FSU, I didn’t know anyone, and I found a warm and welcoming community at LCHS.

It was an environment in which I felt comfortable and I could be myself, but at the same time serve a purpose and contribute to the LCHS mission of animal welfare, something I feel quite passionately about.

I remember helping out at reception one particularly busy Friday afternoon—phones ringing, lots of visitors--and Lisa, LCHS’s Executive Director, made a laughing remark about my having chosen the wrong day to volunteer and, grinning, I responded that I specifically came on Fridays when I could because I enjoyed the busy, bustling atmosphere. As a volunteer, I certainly don’t face the pressures and stresses the LCHS staff face on a daily basis—they are a small staff with a large workload--and so I’m pleased to help in any way I can.

The truth still comes back to selfishness. I got my wonderful cat Skeeter at LCHS as a kitten a year ago (we met and bonded while I was volunteering) and I am currently fostering a delightful bundle of cuteness/kitten named Pippa who makes me smile every day.

Gandhi said, “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” I could not agree more. I feel lucky indeed to be taking that particular journey of discovery at a place as special as LCHS.


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